Andy Williamson

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I’m a digital strategist and engagement professional with a background in technology, policy, consultancy and research. My research and consultancy practice is focussed on social media, digital engagement and online campaigns across parliaments, central, local government and civil society, nationally and internationally. My work is about educating, engaging and enabling; harnessing new media tools to create active citizens and connected government. I’m passionate about digital’s place in policy, society and at home and about how new technologies are reshaping democracy and public services.

An independent consultant based in New Zealand for 10 years, during which time I was Deputy Chair of the NZ Digital Strategy Advisory Board, I was for 3.5 years Director of Digital Democracy at the London-based Hansard Society. I'm a Honorary Fellow at the University of Manchester and have advised numerous transnational agencies, governments and parliaments including in the Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.